At long last, it looks as though EON and Sony are finally beginning to circle a new actor to replace Daniel Craig as James Bond.
A shortlist has reportedly been seen by The Sun which lists a total of eight actors, most of whom have already been associated with the role. Let's get to the list.
The possible nominees are...
- Idris Elba
- Charlie Hunnam
- Tom Hiddleston
- Jamie Bell
- Aidan Turner
- James Norton
- Luke Evans
- Michael Fassbender
According to the report, Barbara Broccoli will make the final decision as to who will play Bond and will move on to deciding upon a director. MGM, Sony and EON are said to be incredibly nervous about the selection process, as the actor will have to carry on the role for several years and a lot's riding on the next Bond instalment.
Despite making close to $800,000,000 at the box-office, Spectre was met with middling reviews by many critics (we actually quite liked it) and Craig's comments during the press tour were less than helpful to the cause.
Looking at the list, however, there does appear to be a wide variety of actors and potential movements for the series. For example, Jamie Bell and James Norton are both quite young whilst Idris Elba, Michael Fassbender and Luke Evans look slightly more worn and weathered.
Could it be that Bond is going to be school - or something along those lines? Or is it going to be a direct continuation from Spectre? Or will it finally acknowledge the long-held fan theory that James Bond is merely an assumed identity and anyone could be Bond?
Who knows. The race is wide open, really, and any one of these is a fine choice to play Bond. So, over to you, who should play Bond next?
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